Even before the U.S. selected its teams for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, American politicians were concerned about the nation’s performance.
After the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, Senator Humphrey of Minnesota wanted to create a “White House Commission of Sports.”
Why? Because the Soviets were kicking our asses, and it was not a good look for the United States because Americans were winners.
He didn’t actually say that. Here’s what he did say: